Peter was born and raised on a farm west of Airdrie. After university, Peter worked in various management roles in Fort McMurray. In 2012 he cofounded his consultancy, Willow Springs Strategic Solutions, which operates throughout western Canada out of Cochrane, AB. He has helped municipalities and Indigenous governments deal with critical issues in their communities such as community history, homelessness and emergency preparedness; his company also helps communities make plans that mitigate the social and environmental impacts of large-scale industrial development.
Along with over a decade’s worth of management experience, Peter has also volunteered on a number of paid and boards throughout his career. This includes the Wood Buffalo Housing and Development Corporation, a not-for-profit social housing organization that has a consolidated yearly budget of approximately $128 million, from 2016 to 2019; The Wood Buffalo Environmental Association, which controls air-quality monitoring initiatives in northeastern Alberta and has a $10 million annual operating budget; and the Keyano College Board of Directors (Fort McMurray). He recently founded the Friends of the Cochrane Public Library association, which aims to raise money for programming and library infrastructure.
Since 2017 he has lived in Sunset Ridge with his wife Gretchen and their two sons, Patrick and Jacob. Pre-Covid, he and his wife enjoyed hosting live music in their home as volunteers with Home Routes Canada.
To get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org
In the spirit of reconciliation, Peter Fortna would like to acknowledge that he lives, works and plays on the traditional territories of the Blackfoot Confederacy (Siksika, Kainai, Piikani), the Tsuut’ina, and the Îyâxe Nakoda Nations, as well as members of the Métis Nation, and all people who make their homes in the Treaty 7 region of Southern Alberta.